Friday, February 13, 2009

The health of our souls

"Penitent sorrow is only a purge to cast out those corruptions which hinder you from relishing your spiritual delights. Use it therefore as physic [medicine], only when there is need, and not for itself but only to this end, and turn it not into ordinary food. Delight in God is the health of your souls."

Richard Baxter, A Christian Directory, Part 1, chapter 3, section 13, direction 20.